Lord Patten of Barnes

Conservative Peer

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Conservative Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 19 January 2005

Other offices held in the past

  • European Commissioner (23 Jan 2000 to 22 Nov 2004)
  • Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (28 Nov 1990 to 9 Apr 1992)
  • Party Chair, Conservative Party (28 Nov 1990 to 9 Apr 1992)
  • Secretary of State for Environment (24 Jul 1989 to 28 Nov 1990)
  • Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Overseas Development) (10 Sep 1986 to 23 Jul 1989)
  • Minister of State (Department of Education and Science) ( 5 Sep 1985 to 10 Sep 1986)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office) (14 Jun 1983 to 2 Sep 1985)
  • Member, Defence Committee (30 Apr 1982 to 9 Jun 1983)
  • Member, Procedure Committee (16 Feb 1982 to 9 Jun 1983)

Recent appearances

  • Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 114A 26 Jun 2023

    My Lords, I did not intend to contribute to this debate, but sitting here listening to some of the speeches, not least the wonderful remarks we have just heard, reminded me of what I think was the most difficult period of my life, when I was responsible for the committee that, after the Good Friday agreement, reorganised the police service in Northern Ireland. With my colleagues—people such...
  • Illegal Migration Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 24 May 2023

    I apologise for not taking part in the Second Reading debate on this Bill, but I have made amends by sitting through the entire debate this afternoon. I am sure that, when I reflect on the last few hours, I will realise how much I learned. There are two points I would like to make. First, I am surprised that, despite the intervention of the right reverend Prelate—and despite, I am sure, his...
  • Public Order Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 54 7 Feb 2023

    I would like to follow what my noble friend just said, or at least the beginning of his remarks following the speech by the noble Baroness, Lady Boycott. If the Chinese Communist Party, through its quisling administration in Hong Kong, was introducing legislation like this, we would denounce it. The Foreign Office would denounce it—it would be in its six-monthly report about attacks on...

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